RICHMOND – Practicing against the New England Patriots was so helpful the Washington Redskins again hope to host another opponent before next season, President and General Manager Bruce Allen said on the final day of training camp.
The Redskins, who after almost three weeks broke camp Tuesday, learned a lot about their personnel during joint practices with the Patriots here Aug. 4-6. The Redskins plan to speak with league officials about bringing in another team before kicking off the 2015 preseason.
“It worked well with the Patriots in that the league scheduled them for our first preseason game at home,” Allen said. “It is something that we absolutely will look into next year.”
During the teams’ joint practices, the Patriots clearly were the sharper team in 11-on-11 work. The Patriots held out eight starters – including future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady – last week in the Redskins’ opening 23-6 preseason victory at FedEx Field.
Over 20 days in camp, the Redskins accumulated almost 60 hours of practice tape. The footage of the joint practices provided “so many more reps on film [against a strong opponent], it helped [coaches] evaluate these guys,” Allen said. “It gave them an opportunity to shine.”
In planning the Patriots’ visit, New England Coach Bill Belichick and Redskins Coach Jay Gruden worked well together. Allen gave Gruden high marks overall in his first experience running a camp as an NFL head coach.
“Coach Gruden’s meetings are as intense as you see it on the football field,” Allen said. “That’s going to help our team.”
Although the team’s second training camp in Richmond went well, the Redskins will discuss how to improve things before next year, Allen said.
“We’re gonna have a meeting like we did last year, with all the department heads, [to] figure out how we can try to do it better,” he said. “For the team and the fans.”